The Great Hurricane of 1780 is considered the deadliest Atlantic tropical cyclone of all time.
About 22,000 people died when the storm pounded Barbados, Martinique, and Sint Eustatius in the Lesser Antilles between October 10 and October 16.
Thousands of deaths also occurred offshore.
The hurricane struck the Caribbean in the midst of the American Revolution and took a heavy toll on the British and French fleets contesting for control of the area.
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